ADL Offers Reward in San Francisco Hate Crime
San Francisco, CA, January 4, 2006 ... The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is offering a reward of up to $5,000 for new information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrators of an anti-Semitic hate crime.
According to police reports, on Oct. 15, 2005, Cameron Matthews and Josh Feinerman were brutally beaten outside a San Francisco pizza parlor. A witness stated that Matthews and Feinerman became targets after Feinerman responded to one of the assailants who had been making anti-Semitic comments. A passing police officer apprehended Andrew Crawford in the act of kicking an already unconscious Feinerman in the head. Crawford is now awaiting trial. His alleged accomplices have not been identified. The Anti-Defamation League has been working with the victims' families in pursuing hate crime charges against those responsible.
The ADL is now enlisting the help of the media in locating anyone who might have new information about this horrific crime. The distribution of ADL's reward will be handled by the Police Department which will evaluate the information it receives and determine who will collect the $5,000 or a portion thereof.
''A hate crime is not a crime against one person, but against a community,'' said Regional Director, Jonathan Bernstein. ''We all must stand up to let the perpetrators know that we will stand together as a community against hate and violence.''
The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.